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“Around 1984: A Look at Art in the Eighties”

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center

The idea of an exhibition devoted to the art of the '80s is almost irresistibly fun. A wholesale revival of the decade, represented by fashion designers like Marc Jacobs and a range of popular movies from The Wedding Singer to American Psycho, is supposedly upon us, mining the styles and attitudes of that frenetic era. Such a revival looks particularly right in New York today, where an environment of breathless expenditure and expansion, not to mention a looming sense of an inevitable “correction, evokes the era’s champagne-and-cocaine flavor no less than its menacing rise-and-fall histrionics. “Around 1984” extends this revival to the visual arts, providing a concise survey of the period that will be of interest especially to those of us who lived through the glory dam of Mary Boone’s West Broadway gallery, the &t village art scene, and boozy, “exclusive” nights at Canal Bar and 150

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